Jingle Clam

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Jingle Clam

Anomia simplex

Range/Geographical Distribution: Cape Cod to the Caribbean.

Habitat: Shallow marine waters attached to hard substrates like shells and jetties.

Description: Thin, translucent-shelled bivalve with highly variable colors from black to silver to yellow to orange.  The lower shell has a hole in it where byssal threads protrude to attach the animal to its substrate.

Size: Can reach three inches in diameter.

Food: Filter feeder; eats plankton and detritus.

Predators: Other snails, fish, and crabs.

Conservation Status: No legal status.

Interesting Facts: The name of this clam comes from the sounds that a collection of shells makes when rattled together.  Although related to oysters, jingle clams have a bitter taste and are not good for human consumption.

On the Coast:  While live animals are rarely seen, jingle clam shells are often found along Georgia’s beaches.

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